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The Chicago Mentoring Collaborative

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Building Community & Nurturing Resilience:  

Essential Tools for Creating and Sustaining Effective Mentoring Programs for Males of Color

Join a community of Chicago-based practitioners in exploring asset-based approaches to mentoring male youth of color. Learn best practices in launching, sustaining, and innovating mentoring programs that lead to effective outcomes. Practitioners across the K-16 spectrum are encouraged to attend this full day conference. 
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Keynote Address:  "Overcoming the Overcast: Executing the Motivation and Mission of Mentorship"

Allen J. Bryson
Keynote Speaker: Allen J. Bryson


A native of Chicago Illinois, Allen J. Bryson is an author, poet, spoken-word artist, motivational speaker, and educational specialist. The author of two books, Sleeping with My Eyes Open (2004) and The Ministry of Motivation (2008), he is currently working on his third publication The Vernacular of Victory. Mr. Bryson is the Motivational Youth Development Ambassador to the Genius is Common Movement founded by Def Poetry Jam Co-founder Bruce George. He works in the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Graduate College as the Director of Pre-Graduate Programs. He oversees the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) and Graduate Pathways to Success Program that has resulted in hundreds of talented undergraduate students attending graduate and professional schools.

Mr. Bryson holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in education, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

Panelists and Workshop Presenters

  • Darryl Arrington, DePaul University
  • Cory Barnes, DePaul University
  • Minnie Chen, MENTOR: The National Mentorship Partnership
  • Melissa English, MENTOR: The National Mentorship Partnership
  • Benny Estrada, Urban Life Skills
  • Steve Gates, Chicago CRED
  • Troy Harden, Northeastern Illinois University
  • Kweku Demetrius Hobson, Liberate History
  • Liz Houlihan, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Cheryl Howard Neal
  • Daryl Howard, Chicago CRED
  • Shawn Jackson, City Colleges of Chicago-Truman College
  • Becca Krauss, Mount Sanai Hospital
  • Johnny LaSalle, DePaul University
  • Bernard Lily, College Mentoring Experience
  • Carlos Marquez-Munoz, Youth Guidance
  • Jesus Magana, City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X
  • Orlando Mayorga, Precious Blood
  • Elijah McKinnon, People Who Care, Inc.
  • Patrick Milton, Chicago Public Schools
  • Luis Narvaez, Chicago Public Schools, Office of Language Cultural Education (OLCE)
  • Felipe Perez, Chicago Public Schools, Talent Office
  • Rosalyn Pedraza, Chicago Public Schools
  • Quinti Rios, Enlace Chicago
  • Jorge Roque, Urban Life Skills
  • Bernadette Sanchez, PhD., DePaul University
  • Art Shanks, Sinai Health System
  • Michelle Stearn, Spark
  • Miguel Saucedo, Chicago Public Schools
  • Al Stinson, Becoming A Man (BAM) Youth Guidance
  • Maurice R. Swinney, Chicago Public Schools
  • Jamila M. Trimuel, Ladies of Virtue
  • Hannah Wheeler, Spark
  • Eric Williams, Chicago Public Schools, Office of School Counseling and Postsecondary
  • Shohn Williams, Chicago Public Schools
  • Shelby Wyatt, PhD., Chicago Public Schools​

Session Titles

  • Equity and access to academic enrichment for boys/males of color
  • What makes an effective and sustainable school-based mentoring program?
  • So you want a mentoring program? How to get started
  • Utilizing trauma-informed practices within mentoring
  • How to utilize the National Mentoring Resource Center
  • Examining masculinity in boys and young men of color
  • How to promote an effective transition from middle school to high school
  • Principles of mentoring undocumented students
  • "School kids / street kids": mentoring urban youth of color in Chicago
  • Mentoring in the transition to college for young men of color
  • Creating brave spaces: how to engage and empower LGBTQ+ youth
  • My Brother's Keeper action plan
  • Partnering with schools: how to pitch your mentorship program

2019 CMC Conference Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. .....Continental breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. ......Welcome remarks
9:15 - 10:00 a.m. ....Keynote speaker Allen Bryson
10:00 - 10:15 a.m. ..Break
10:15 - 11:30 a.m. ..Breakout session 1
11:30 - 11:45 a.m. ..Break
11:45 - 12:45 p.m. ..Lunch
1:00 - 2:15 p.m. ......Breakout session 2
2:30 - 3:45 p.m. ......Breakout session 3
3:45 - 4:00 p.m. ......Break 
4:00 - 4:15 p.m. ......Closing remarks
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. ......Networking reception

About Chicago Mentoring Collaborative

  • Increase the post-secondary outcomes of Chicagoans, including those pursuing higher education, career or trade, and the military.
  • Facilitate the development and sustainability of intrinsically motivated and effective mentoring programs.
  • Keep community voice and culture at the heart of practice.
  • Foster community for Chicago-based mentoring practitioners.​

CMC Goals

  • Provide professional development opportunities to practitioners that support mentorship program sustainability and effectiveness.
  • Connect existing K-16 mentoring programs to enrichment opportunities within the higher education community.
  • Map Chicago's mentoring landscape inclusive of K-12, higher education, and community-based programs.
  • Serve as a think-tank partner for Chicago Public Schools and community mentoring practitioners.​​

Priorities for 2018-2019

  • Provide professional development opportunities to practitioners that support mentorship program sustainability and effectiveness.
  • Connect existing K-16 mentoring programs to enrichment opportunities within the higher education community.
  • Map Chicago's mentoring landscape inclusive of K-12, higher education, and community-based programs.
  • Serve as a think-tank partner for Chicago Public Schools and community mentoring practitioners.​​
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For more information, please contact us at ChiMentoringCollab@gmail.com